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 Death Row Inmates 

BAZE, RALPH, DOB 7-1-55, was sentenced to death February 4, 1994 in Rowan County for the murder of two police officers. On January 30, 1992 a Powell County Deputy, Arthur Briscoe, went to Baze’s home regarding warrants from Ohio. He returned with Sheriff Steve Bennett. Baze, using an assault rifle, killed the two police officers. Baze was arrested the  same day in Estill County.  

Death Row Inmate Ralph Baze

BOWLING, RONNIE LEE, DOB 12-5-68, was sentenced to death December 9, 1992 in Laurel County for the murder of two gas station attendants in two separate robberies. Bowling, from Clay County, Kentucky, shot and killed Ronald Smith, a London, Kentucky service station attendant during the early morning of January 20, 1989. Again, in the early morning of February 22, 1989 Marvin Hensley, a service station manager in London, Kentucky was robbed and killed. Bowling was arrested February 25, 1989.   

Death Row Inmate Ronnie Lee Bowling

BOWLING, THOMAS C., DOB 1-18-53, was sentenced to death January 4, 1991 in Fayette County for the shooting deaths of Eddie and Tina Early in Lexington, Kentucky. The husband and wife were shot on the morning of April 9, 1990 while sitting in their car before opening their family-owned dry cleaning business; their 2-year-old child was wounded. Bowling was arrested April 11, 1990. He was tried and convicted on December 28, 1990 of two counts of murder.   

Death Row Inmate Thomas C. Bowling

CAUDILL, VIRGINIA, DOB 9-10-60, was sentenced to death March 24, 2000 in Fayette County for murder, robbery I, burglary I, arson II and tampering with physical evidence. On March 15, 1998, Caudill and accomplice Johnathan Wayne Goforth entered the home of a 73 year old female, beat her to death and then burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own vehicle and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.   

Death Row Inmate Virginia Caudill

DUNLAP, KEVIN WAYNE, DOB 5-15-72, was sentenced to death March 19, 2010 in Livingston County.  On October 15, 2008, Dunlap stabbed and killed a 5 year old boy, and his 14 and 17 year old sisters in their home.  He then raped and attempted to murder their mother by stabbing her with a knife.  When he thought that the mother was dead, he set fire to the home and left.  He was arrested on 10/18/2008.  He was convicted on the following crimes:  Murder (Capital)-3cts; Kidnapping-Victim Death (Capital)-3cts; Kidnapping-With Serious Physical Injury; Rape 1st Degree with Serious Physical Injury; Arson 1st Degree; Criminal Attempt-Murder; Burglary 1st Degree; Tampering With Physical Evidence-3cts.   

Death Row Inmate Kevin Wayne Dunlap

EPPERSON, ROGER D., DOB 5-19-50, was sentenced to death June 20, 1986 in Letcher County for the murder of Tammy Acker. The murder occurred when Epperson and two accomplices entered the home of a Fleming-Neon, Kentucky physician on the night of August 8, 1985. They choked the man unconscious, and stabbed his daughter, Tammy Acker, to death while robbing him of $1.9 million, handguns and jewelry. He was arrested in Florida on August 15, 1985. He also received a second death sentence for the murder of Bessie and Edwin Morris in their home in Gray Hawk, Kentucky on June 16, 1985.   

Death Row Inmate Roger D. Epperson

FIELDS, SAMUEL STEVEN, DOB 11-21-71, was initially sentenced to Death on April 29, 1997 for the murder of 84-year old Bess Horton. His case was reversed and remanded on March 16, 2000. He was re-sentenced to Death on January 8, 2004. During the early morning hours of August 19, 1993, in Floyd County, Fields entered the home of Bess Horton through a back window. Field stabbed the victim in the head and slashed her throat. Ms. Horton died as a result of multiple sharp force injuries of the head and neck with exsanguinations. The large knife used to slash her throat was found protruding from her right temple area. Fields was arrested at the scene. The case was transferred to Rowan County.  

Death Row Inmate Samuel Steven Fields

FOLEY, ROBERT, DOB 9-13-56, was sentenced to death September 23, 1993 in Laurel County for the murders of two brothers, Rodney and Lynn Vaughn, during an argument at his residence on August 17, 1991 in Madison County. On April 27, 1994 he was given a second death sentence in Madison County for the murders of Kimberly Bowersock, Lillian Contino, Jerry McMillen, and Calvin Reynolds. He shot the four victims on October 8, 1989 because he thought one of them had reported him to his parole officer.  

Death Row Inmate Robert Foley

FURNISH, FRED, DOB 12-24-67, was sentenced to death on July 8, 1999 in Kenton County for the murder of Ramona Jean Williamson. On June 25, 1998, Furnish entered into Mrs. Williamson’s Crestview Hills home, strangled the victim to death. After killing Mrs. Williamson, Furnish used her debit cards to withdraw money from her bank accounts. The jury also found Furnish guilty of robbery, burglary, theft and receiving stolen money by fraud. Furnish, who had several convictions for theft and burglary, spent nearly a dozen years behind bars in Kentucky and Indiana. Each time he was released, he soon returned to prison for another burglary. By the time he was released in April, 1997, he had hit a prison guard, adding an assault charge to his record.   

Death Row Inmate Fred Furnish

GARLAND, JOHN ROSCOE, DOB 7-22-42, was sentenced to death February 15, 1999 in McCreary County for triple murder. On March 9, 1997, Kentucky State Police discovered the bodies of Willa Jean Ferrier, Crystal Conaster and Chris Boswell in the rear bedroom of a mobile home shot to death in Whitley City, Kentucky. John Garland’s son, Roscoe Garland gave a statement to the officers explaining that his father was very jealous of Willa Jean Ferrier, and that she had been messing around with other men. He stated that his dad, John Garland, said he was going to kill her.   

Death Row Inmate John Roscoe Garland

GOFORTH,  JOHNATHAN WAYNE, DOB 11-21-60, was sentenced to death March 24, 2000 in Fayette County for murder, robbery I, burglary I, arson II and tampering with physical evidence. On March 15, 1998, Goforth and accomplice  Virginia Caudill entered the home of a 73 year old female, beat her to death and then burglarized her home. They then placed her body in the trunk of her own vehicle and drove her to a rural area in Fayette County and set the car on fire.   

Death Row Inmate Johnathan Wayne Goforth

HAIGHT, RANDY, DOB 7-18-52, was sentenced to death March 22, 1994 in Jefferson County for the murder of Patricia Vance and David Omer on August 22, 1985. Haight escaped from Johnson County Jail on August 18, 1985 with his girlfriend and another male inmate while awaiting trial. The bodies of Vance and Omer were discovered inside their car near Herrington Lake in Garrad County. Haight was apprehended in a cornfield in Mercer County August 23, 1985.   

Death Row Inmate Randy Haight

HALVORSEN, LEIF, DOB 7-20-54, was sentenced to death September 15, 1983 in Fayette County for the participation in the murder of three people with Mitchell Willoughby, also under the death sentence. On January 13, 1983, the two men shot to death Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman and Joey Durham in a Lexington, Kentucky apartment. That night they attempted to dispose of the bodies by throwing them from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County, Kentucky.    

Death Row Inmate Leif Halvorsen

HODGE, BENNY LEE, DOB 8-9-51, was sentenced to death June 20, 1986 in Letcher County along with Roger Epperson for the murder of Tammy Acker. The murder occurred when Hodge and two accomplices entered the home of a Fleming-Neon, Kentucky physician on the night of August 8, 1985. They choked the man unconscious, and stabbed his daughter, Tammy Acker, to death while robbing him of $1.9 million, handguns and jewelry. He was arrested in Florida on August 15, 1985. He also received a second death sentence on November 22, 1996 for the murder and robbery of Bessie and Edwin Morris in their home in Gray Hawk, Kentucky on June 16, 1985.  

Death Row Inmate Benny Lee Hodge

HUNT, JAMES, DOB 10-16-48, was sentenced to death on July 28, 2006 in Floyd County for Burglary I, Wanton Engangerment in the 1st Degree and the Murder of Bettina Hunt, his estranged wife. On November 30, 2004 when the officers arrived at the scene they found the body of Bettina Hunt with bullet wounds to the arms, cheek area of the face, and a wound between the bridge of her nose and left eye. The victim’s infant granddaughter was also in the home. The victim was pronounced dead at the residence.
 Troopers were advised that Bettina Hunt’s estranged husband was involved in a one-vehicle accident approximately 200 feet from the residence. Upon further investigation and collection of evidence, James Hunt was lodged in the Pike County Detention Center charged with Murder.
 Trial began on 5/15/06. The jury returned a verdict of Guilty to Murder, Burglary, Burglary 1st Degree, and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree. Hunt was sentenced to Death on the Murder charge. Hunt consented to allow the court to sentence him on the remaining charges. 
 

Death Row Inmate James Hunt

JOHNSON, DONALD, DOB 05-25-67, was sentenced to death on October 1, 1997 in Floyd County for the stabbing death of Helen Madden. Ms. Madden’s body was found on 11/30/89 at the Bright and Clean Laundry in Hazard where she was employed. It was determined that she had also been sexually assaulted. Johnson was arrested on 12/01/89 and charged with murder, robbery and burglary. The charge of 1st Degree Sexual Assault was added later.   

Death Row Inmate Donald Johnson

MATTHEWS, DAVID EUGENE, DOB 9-6-48, was sentenced to death November 11, 1982 in Jefferson County for the murders of Mary Matthews and Magdalene Cruse on June 29, 1981 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mary Matthews was his estranged wife and Magdalene Cruse was his mother-in-law. In the process of committing these crimes he burglarized his wife’s home. He was tried and convicted on October 8, 1982.   

Death Row Inmate David Eugene Matthews

MEECE, WILLIAM HARRY, DOB 10-18-72,  was convicted of Murder, 3 counts; Burglary in the 1st Degree and Robbery in the 1st Degree.  He was sentenced to death on November 9, 2006 in Warren County.  On February 26, 2003 he shot Joseph and Elizabeth Wellnitz and their son, Dennis Wellnitz in their home, in Columbia, Kentucky.  Meece was orignally indicted in Adair County, case 03-CR-00020.  However, on June 30, 2006 a change of venue was entered and the case was moved to Warren County, case 06-CR-00656.   

Death Row Inmate William Harry Meece

MILLS, JOHN, DOB 6-4-70, was sentenced to death October 18, 1996 in Knox County for the stabbing death of Arthur Phipps at his residence in Smokey Creek, Kentucky. On August 30, 1995 Mills stabbed Phipps 29 times with a pocket knife and stole a small amount of money. He was apprehended that same day at a residence, which he rented from Mr. Phipps, on the property where the crime occurred.   

Death Row Inmate John Mills

MOORE, BRIAN, DOB 12-16-57, was sentenced to death November 29, 1984 in Jefferson County for kidnapping, robbery and the murder of 79 year old Virgil Harris on August 10, 1979 in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Harris was returning to his car from a grocery store parking lot when he was abducted, driven to a wooded area of Jefferson County and killed.   

Death Row Inmate Brian Moore

PARRISH, MELVIN LEE, DOB 6-24-63, was sentenced to death on February 1, 2001 in Jefferson County for two counts of murder, criminal attempted murder, robbery I and persistent felony offender I.  On December 5, 1997, Parrish stabbed and killed a 6-month pregnant woman and her 8-year old son. He also stabbed her 5-year old son 9 times. The 5-year old survived the attack. Parrish was trying to take money from the woman when the offenses took place.   

Death Row Inmate Melvin Lee Parrish

SANBORN, PARRAMORE LEE, DOB 8-3-45, Sanborn was originally tried and found guilty of capital murder on March 8, 1984. The court imposed the death sentence on March 16, 1984. The Kentucky Supreme Court’s reversal of Sanborn’s conviction in June, 1988 resulted in a new trial in October, 1989. Sanborn was again found guilty of murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy in a retrial in Louisville, Kentucky and sentenced to death May 14, 1991 in Henry County. The victim, Barbara Heilman a Henry County woman, was killed on October 12, 1983.   

Death Row Inmate Parramore Lee Sanborn

SANDERS, DAVID LEE, DOB 8-8-60, was sentenced to death June 5, 1987 in Madison County for the murders of Jim Brandenburg and Wayne Hatch on January 28, 1987 in Madison County, Kentucky during a grocery store robbery.   

Death Row Inmate David Lee Sanders

ST. CLAIR MICHAEL, DOB 1-15-57,  was sentenced to death September 14, 1998 for murder in Bullitt County.  On October  6, 1991 in Bullitt County,  Kentucky State Police were dispatched to a shooting incident involving a trooper on 1-65 between Sonora and Glendale and found an abandoned  truck, which belonged to the victim. On October 8, officers responded to a scene of a body being discovered in Bullitt County off Old Boston Road. On December 19, 1991, Michael St. Clair was arrested for the murder of Frances C. Bradey, who was shot with a pistol. On February 20, 2001, St. Clair received a second death sentence in Hardin County for the capital kidnapping charge. The  Bullitt County death sentence for murder was reversed and remanded to conduct a new capital sentencing phase due to the trial courts instruction erroneously failed to permit the jury to consider a sentence of life without the possibility of probation or parole. However, in 2005 a new Bullitt County jury again sentenced him to death. In October 2005, the Hardin County death sentence for capital kidnapping was reversed and remanded due to various trial errors. At the time of these crimes St. Clair had escaped from an Oklahoma jail where he was awaiting sentencing on 2 other murder charges.

Death Row Inmate Michael St. Clair

STOPHER, VINCENT, DOB 7-11-72, was sentenced to death March 23, 1998 in Jefferson County. On March 10, 1997 in Jefferson County, Deputy Sheriff Gregory Hans was dispatched to the home of Vincent and Kathleen Becker. A struggle occurred whereby Stopher obtained Han’s 9mm pistol and shot Deputy Sheriff Hans. 

Death Row Inmate Vincent Stopher

TAYLOR, VICTOR D., DOB 4-6-60, was sentenced to death May 23, 1986 in Jefferson County for kidnapping, robbery, sodomy and murder. On September 29, 1984 Taylor and another man kidnapped at gunpoint two high school students, Scott Nelson and Richard Stephenson in Louisville, Kentucky. The men took the boys to a vacant lot, robbed them and shot them to death. Taylor was arrested on October 4, 1984.   

Death Row Inmate Victor D. Taylor

THOMPSON, WILLIAM EUGENE, DOB 7-26-51, was sentenced to death March 18, 1998 in Graves County. William Thompson entered a plea of guilty on January 12, 1995, to the following charges: Capital Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, and Escape in the First Degree, which occurred on May 9, 1986. William Thompson, of Pike County, Kentucky was sentenced to life for the 1986 murder of Correctional Officer Fred Cash at the Western Kentucky Farm Center in Graves County on March 18, 1998. Thompson was currently serving a life sentence at the Western Kentucky Farm Center for the offense of willful murder for hire in Pike County. While working with an inmate crew at the dairy, Thompson struck Correctional Officer Fred Cash repeatedly in the head with a hammer, dragged the body into a barn stall, and fled in the prison farm van. Police arrested Thompson in a bus station on his way to Indiana. Thompson was convicted and sentenced to death in October 1986 in Lyon County, but seven years later the state Supreme Court threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial. Thompson also won a change of venue from Lyon County to Graves County.   

Death Row Inmate William Eugene Thompson

WHEELER, ROGER, DOB 8-21-60, while on parole for 10 counts of Robbery I, Wheeler killed Nigel Malone and Nairobi Warfield. Both of the victims were stabbed multiple times. When detectives arrived at the scene they discovered the murder weapon, a pair of scissors, still in the neck of one of the victims and a blood trail leading from the victims to the streets. Blood samples collected at the scene matched Wheeler's blood. 

Death Row Inmate Roger Wheeler

 
WHITE, KARU GENE, DOB 11-18-58, was sentenced to death March 29, 1980 in Powell County for the murder of three Breathitt County residents. On the evening of February 12, 1979 White and two accomplices entered a Haddix, Kentucky store operated by two elderly men, Charles Gross and Sam Chaney and an elderly woman Lula Gross. White and his accomplices bludgeoned to death the men and woman. They took a billfold containing $7,000, coins, and a handgun. White was arrested on July 27, 1979.   

Death Row Inmate Karu Gene White

WHITE, LARRY LAMONT, DOB 03-30-58, was sentenced to death October 14, 2014 in Jefferson County for the murder and rape of Pamela Denise Armstrong. Ms. Armstrong’s body was found deceased in Jefferson County. She had been shot twice in the head with a .38 caliber weapon. It was also determined that she had been raped. During the initial investigation, Larry Lamont White had been developed as a suspect. A sample of Mr. White’s DNA was obtained and, after comparison, was found to match the DNA samples that had been obtained from the victim.   

Death Row Inmate Karu Gene White

WILLOUGHBY, MITCHELL, DOB 10-5-58, was sentenced to death September 15, 1983 in Fayette County for the participation in the murder of three people with Leif Halvorsen, also under the death sentence. On January 13, 1983, the two men shot to death Jacqueline Greene, Joe Norman and Joey Durham in a Lexington, Kentucky apartment. That night they attempted to dispose of the bodies by throwing them from the Brooklyn Bridge in Jessamine County, Kentucky.   

Death Row Inmate Mitchell Willoughby

WILSON, GREGORY L., DOB 11-11-56, was sentenced to death October 31, 1988 in Kenton County for kidnapping and murdering Deborah Pooley of Kenton County. On May 29, 1987 Wilson and a female accomplice forced Pooley into the back seat of her car. Wilson raped the victim and later strangled her while the accomplice was driving. Wilson was arrested on June 18, 1987. He previously served a prison sentence in Ohio on two counts of rape.   

Death Row Inmate Gregory L. Wilson

WINDSOR, SHAWN, DOB 11-29-63, was sentenced to death on November 17, 2006.  Windsor was convicted of Murder - 2 counts and Theft by Unlawful Taking over $300.  On December 28, 2003, in Jefferson County, Windsor beat and stabbed his wife, Betty Jean Windsor and 8-year old son, Corey Windsor. At the time of the murders, there was a valid domestic violence order in effect which ordered Shawn Windsor to remain at least 500 feet away from Betty Jean Windsor and to commit no further acts of domestic violence.  After killing his wife and son he fled to Nashville,TN in his wife's car where he left it in a hospital parking garage.  Nine months later, in July of 2004, Windsor was captured in North Carolina.   

Death Row Inmate Shawn Windsor

WOODALL, ROBERT KEITH, DOB 3-19-74, was sentenced to death on September 4, 1998 in Caldwell County for Capital Murder, Capital Kidnapping and First Degree Rape. On January 25, 1997 Robert Keith Woodall abducted Sarah Hansen from the Minit Mart parking lot in Greenville, Kentucky. He then drove to Luzerne Lake where he proceeded to rape her. Woodall beat her and used a box-cutter knife to inflict cuts in Sarah Hansen’s throat. Her body was dragged and discarded into the water. Results of an autopsy revealed that water was found in Sarah Hansen’s lungs and reports that she died as a result of drowning.

Death Row Inmate Robert Keith Woodall